Sarah Grand-Clement

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M.Sc. in Arab world studies, Durham University; B.A. in international relations, University of Sussex


Sarah Grand-Clément is an analyst at RAND Europe working in the area of defence and security. Her research focuses on counterterrorism and counter-violent radicalisation; the Middle East and North Africa; European security and instability; defence policy, in particular around the Armed Forces Community; and future scenarios and gaming. She is experienced in various qualitative methodologies including literature reviews, stakeholder interviews, workshop facilitation, and survey, as well as scenario development for strategy gaming and horizon scanning.

Prior to RAND, Grand-Clément interned at the Centre for Security Studies in Amman, Jordan, where she worked on the Iraqi report which is part of the Arab Barometer series, and at Shelter Center, a Geneva-based NGO aiming to provide adequate shelter solutions during humanitarian crisis. She holds an M.Sc. in Arab world studies from Durham University, where she studied Arabic for two years. Her dissertation analysed the state of political institutions in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. She also holds a B.A. (Hons.) in International Relations from the University of Sussex. She is mother-tongue French and speaks low-intermediate Arabic.


French; Arabic


  • Man in a field looking at the horizon, photo by Thomas Barwick/Getty Images

    How Horizon Scanning Can Give the Military a Technological Edge

    Horizon scanning could promote innovative practices and innovation uptake, through the adoption of new ideas, equipment, and methods, with benefits that could positively affect the UK economy as a whole. But a wider mechanism for processing and assessing the selected developments would be needed.

    Feb 8, 2019 UK MOD Guide to Defence and Security

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    European Security Cooperation Should Remain Comprehensive—Especially After Brexit

    During Brexit negotiations, it could be tempting for the UK and EU to use certain security structures as 'bargaining chips'. However, it is in no one's interests for both sides to adopt a 'zero-sum' approach to security discussions.

    Mar 28, 2018 Euractiv

  • A French gendarme stands guard near a line of lorries as migrants wait in bushes in the hopes of boarding a truck to make their way across the Channel to Britain, near Calais, France, Janaury 21, 2016

    Is Macron Set to 'Take Back Control' of UK-France Border After Brexit?

    As French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in London for the 35th UK-France Summit, there is growing French discomfort with arrangements at the UK-France border. The UK's decision to leave the European Union has added new urgency to this already fraught debate.

    Jan 17, 2018 Prospect Magazine